Harwood Heights Resident Wins Big In The Illinois Lottery’s St. Patrick’s Day Raffle

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Harwood Heights, IL—April 9, 2013 — “I couldn’t believe it, I still can’t believe it!” said Viola Cecere after winning $100,000 playing the Illinois Lottery’s St. Patrick’s Day Raffle. Cecere checked the list of 509 winning Raffle numbers on the Illinois Lottery’s website and discovered that one of them — 30323 — matched the number on her ticket.

Cecere has lived in Harwood Heights for 29 years. She plans to share the winnings with her sister, pay bills and she may buy a new car. When asked if she had any advice for other Lottery players Cecere said, “Never give up hope that you might win.” The winning ticket was purchased at Dominick’s, 1900 South Cumberland Avenue in Park Ridge. “I always buy my Lottery tickets there; I do my grocery shopping at that store,” she said. The store received a bonus of $1,000 for selling the winning raffle ticket.

The St. Patrick’s Day Millionaire Raffle offered four $1 million prizes, five $100,000 prizes, and 500 $1,000 prizes. A total of 509 winning tickets were drawn on March 17, 2013. Lottery players who purchased a St. Patrick’s Day Millionaire Raffle ticket can check the Lottery website, or visit one of the Lottery’s 8,100 retailers across the state to see if they are one of the 509 lucky winners.

Raffle tickets cost $20 and were sold in sequential order at Lottery retailers. Winners can claim their prizes at one of five Illinois Lottery Claim Centers located in Chicago, Des Plaines, Fairview Heights, Rockford and Springfield. Raffle winners have one year from the drawing date to claim their prize.


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Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $20 billion to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes like Illinois Veterans, the fight against breast cancer, MS research, and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online and mobile play for Mega Millions, Powerball and Lotto at Players must be at least 18 years old.